My Wonderful Days On An Iowa Farm by Alta Fleak

I will forever be grateful for the people (mostly women) in my family who took the time to write a little bit about their lives.  These writings are irreplaceable.  Their experiences.  In their own words.  You can’t find this information in census records. How else would I know that great grandma …

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Unearthing History – Our Mining Roots: Part V

This is the fifth post in a series that follow my Thompson ancestors from the lowlands of Scotland to Guthrie County, Iowa.  This post will follow the migration to the United States between 1870 and 1910.  Many of the pictures below were shared by Jane M. – a granddaughter of Martha …

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Life on a North Dakota Sheep Ranch by Nellie Fleak

This article was written by my great-grandma at age 15 and appeared in The Guthrian on October 14, 1915.  Nelle, whom I happen to be named after,  was born in Guthrie County.  Her family raised sheep, and migrated out west to places like Idaho, Colorado, and North Dakota to graze them.  When …

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Unearthing History – Our Mining Roots: Part IV

This is the fourth post in a series that follow my Thompson ancestors from the lowlands of Scotland to Guthrie County, Iowa.  Links to earlier posts can be found at the bottom of this page. The Mines Act of 1842 In 1840, Lord Ashley led the “Royal Commission of Inquiry into …

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Unearthing History – Our Mining Roots: Part III

This is the third post in a series that follow my Thompson ancestors from the lowlands of Scotland to Guthrie County, Iowa.  If you missed earlier posts, links to Part I and Part II are located at the bottom of this page.  Note: I made a correction to the birthdates of children …

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Unearthing History – Our Mining Roots: Part II

This is the second post in a series that follow my Thompson ancestors from the lowlands of Scotland to Guthrie County, Iowa.  You can go back and read Part I if you missed it.  In the early 1800’s, Thomas Thomson was a collier working in the industrial lowlands of Scotland.  He and wife, …

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Unearthing History – Our Mining Roots: Part I

This is the first post in a series that follow my Thompson ancestors from the lowlands of Scotland to Guthrie County, Iowa.  My Special Person Do you have that one ancestor that you are drawn to? An inexplicable connection with one person in particular? Sandy is my person.  He’s the …

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The Anderson Family

In my last post, we learned a little bit more about Mary and Thomas Shroyer (you can read it here).  This round, we are going to discover a little more about Mary (as best as we can discover from the comfort of my couch)…… Mary Ellen Anderson was born on October 14, 1847 in Guernsey …

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